Intel uncorks a plethora of new Xeons


— 6:01 AM on May 15, 2012

Wow, so, Intel's Xeon product line has just gotten substantially larger. The chipmaker has added a whopping 28 new processors to the series, but believe it or not, only 11 of them are based on the new Ivy Bridge architecture. The rest of them are, as far as I can tell, all 32-nm Sandy Bridge-E offerings.

The new arrivals belong to three distinct families. At the high end, the E5-4600 lineup is geared toward four-socket servers; it allows each system to pack as many as 32 cores and 48 memory modules. These chips, Intel says, are "ideal for a wide range of technical compute applications, such as scientific research and financial services, as well as dense four-socket solutions for communications infrastructure and rapidly growing markets such as China."

Model Cache Cores/
threads
Clock
speed
TDP QPI
speed
Fab
process
Price
E5-4650  20 MB  8/16  2.70 GHz  130W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $3,616
E5-4640  20 MB  8/16  2.40 GHz  95W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $2,725
E5-4620  16 MB  8/16  2.20 GHz  95W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $1,611
E5-4610  15 MB  6/12  2.40 GHz  95W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $1,219
E5-4607  12 MB  6/12  2.20 GHz  95W  6.40 GT/s  32 nm $885
E5-4603  10 MB  4/8  2.00 GHz  95W  6.40 GT/s  32 nm $551
E5-4650L  20 MB  8/16  2.60 GHz  115W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $3,616
E5-4617  15 MB  6/6  2.90 GHz  130W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $1,611

Down the line, the Xeon E5-2400 family includes nine new processors designed to accommodate two-socket servers. These are cheaper than the E5-4600 series, with prices in the $188-1440 range. Intel says they're a good fit for small and medium businesses.

Model Cache Cores/
threads
Clock
speed
TDP QPI
speed
Fab
process
Price
E5-2470  20 MB  8/16  2.30 GHz  95W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $1,440
E5-2450  20 MB  8/16  2.10 GHz  95W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $1,107
E5-2440  15 MB  6/12  2.40 GHz  95W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $832
E5-2430  15 MB  6/12  2.20 GHz  95W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $551
E5-2420  15 MB  6/12  1.90 GHz  95W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $387
E5-2407  10 MB  4/4  2.20 GHz  80W  6.40 GT/s  32 nm $250
E5-2403  10 MB  4/4  1.80 GHz  80W  6.40 GT/s  32 nm $188
E5-2450L  20 MB  8/16  1.80 GHz  70W  8.00 GT/s  32 nm $1,107
E5-2430L  15 MB  6/12  2.00 GHz  60W  7.20 GT/s  32 nm $662

Last, but not least, is the Xeon E3-1200 v2 family, which is where all of the new Ivy Bridge-based models are concentrated. The 11 Xeon E3-1200 v2 processors are priced between $189 and $884, and they're designed to power small-business servers and entry-level workstations. These are, as you might expect, all single-socket offerings. Intel claims they have "up to 32 percent greater energy efficient performance" than previous-generation E3-1200 offerings.

Model Cache Cores/
threads
Clock
speed
TDP Fab
process
Price
E3-1290v2  8 MB  4/8  3.70 GHz  87W  22 nm $885
E3-1280v2  8 MB  4/8  3.60 GHz  69W  22 nm $612
E3-1270v2  8 MB  4/8  3.50 GHz  69W  22 nm $328
E3-1240v2  8 MB  4/8  3.40 GHz  69W  22 nm $250
E3-1230v2  8 MB  4/8  3.30 GHz  69W  22 nm $215
E3-1220v2  8 MB  4/8  3.10 GHz  69W  22 nm $189
E3-1275v2  8 MB  4/8  3.50 GHz  77W  22 nm $339
E3-1245v2  8 MB  4/8  3.40 GHz  77W  22 nm $266
E3-1225v2  8 MB  4/4  3.20 GHz  77W  22 nm $209
E3-1265Lv2  8 MB  4/8  2.50 GHz  45W  22 nm $294
E3-1220Lv2  3 MB  2/4  2.30 GHz  17W  22 nm $189

The last two members of the lineup, the E3-1265L v2 and E3-1220L v2, are aimed at micro-servers. They have thermal envelopes of just 45W and 17W, respectively. Intel says the 17W model is meant for "low end dedicated hosting and basic content delivery," among other applications.

   
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